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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
Dedicated to Saving our Shipwrecks "From Prevention to Preservation"
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GLSPS Annual Fundraiser!!
2019 UMSAT Show

New Date for 2019 UMSAT Show!!

April 12 - 13, 2019

Friday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Including After Party with food and Beverages)

New Location for 2019!

Jimmy's Event Center Vadnais Heights MN
For more information on the 2018 UMSAT show, and the upcoming 2019 UMSAT Show, please visit

If you are interested in joining the UMSAT Show Planning Committee, please email us at or contact Ken Merryman at or Phil Kerber at

Here are the Links to Important Exhibitors Documents

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitors Contract W/ Registration Form 

UMSAT Show 2019 Exhibitor Sponsors Registration Form

We are always looking for speakers that would like to present a great topic about their scuba diving or adventure travel experiences.

Please let us know if you, or anyone you know, would like to be a star and speak at a future UMSAT Show!

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GLSPS Project Sponsors

Air Down There Scuba offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. Thank you, Scott and Tracy!

Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center offers free air fills and special pricing on rental equipment while participating in GLSPS projects. They have also loaned us a GoPro HD video camera for a few projects. Thank you, Steve and Jolene!

Videos produced by Steve at Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center filmed in Lake Michigan on a Milwaukee charter trip. Click on their above logo for information to join them on a charter to visit these shipwrecks.
Prins Willem
The Dredge 906

Jay Hanson from North Shore Scenic Cruises has helped the GLSPS on many projects. Jay has many years of experience as a Captain, dive shop owner, dive instructor and commercial diver.

Jay has taken a different path for the past few years and his scuba charters are no longer available. However, in 2012, Jay purchased the Wenonah which was previously used to transport people from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale, MI. He now offers day cruises on the North Shore of Lake Superior and is docked at the Silver Bay, MN Marina.

If you are interested in booking a 2 hour - day charter cruise on the North Shore of Lake Superior, please click on the logo above for information on joining him and his staff on a north shore day cruise.

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Just For Fun

In 1999, we completed our pilot sink-a-ship project by sinking the Just For Fun, our 37-foot ferro-cement sailboat in Beaver Bay. This created a lot of interest in the DNR. We sent a letter in January to Allen Garbor, the commissioner of the DNR, requesting State Parks division to work with us to evaluate the feasibility of intentionally sinking a larger vessel. The DNR responded with an expression of interest and commending us on our leadership. They have requested that we write a project proposal.

We will be working with the Region 2 DNR Planner, Jim Weseloh, and the Regional Parks Manager, Jim Willford, to address all the issues involved. We are currently working on a proposal that would result in the intentional sinking a much larger vessel that would have historical significance to the north shore of Lake Superior.

There was a good turn out of both boat and shore spectators to watch GLSPS sink the ferro-cement sailboat, Just For Fun, on June 12.

Thanks to everyone for helping make the first intentional sinking on the North Shore such a success!
The City of Beaver Bay and local merchants
provided parking and refreshment stands.
Waiting for the time to tow her out to the site.
The Coast Guard arrives from Bayfield to oversee the sinking.
Towing Just For Fun out into the bay to sink.
Waiting and waiting and waiting.
After about 1 hour and 20 minutes, she finally sinks.